Pottstown Micro-Biz Hopes To ‘Distill’ Formula For Success

POTTSTOWN, PA — Pennsylvania’s fledgling craft distillery industry owes a debt of gratitude to America’s micro-brew movement and nobody knows it better than Max Pfeffer.

The director of operations for the Manatawny Still Works and its chief distiller, Pfeffer didn’t have to go far to find his new job.

It was a short hop to go from craft-brewing to craft-distilling for the chemical engineer.

After being educated in brewing at a special school at the University of California at Davis, Pfeffer “went right into beer,” and spent three years at Victory Brewing, followed by three years as brew master at Sly Fox Brewing Co., located directly across the street from the Circle of Progress location of the new distillery.

Read more:  http://www.pottsmerc.com/general-news/20140301/pottstown-micro-biz-hopes-to-distill-formula-for-success

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It’s Lehigh Valley Beer Week Y’all

Glass of beer MONGO

Glass of beer MONGO (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Are you in need of something to take your mind off of snow, snow, snow and more snow?  Then maybe this will float your boat :)

Lehigh Valley Beer Week is a week long celebration of Craft Beer – highlighting local businesses as each one creates unique events to showcase their beer selection and their establishment as a whole. Featuring events such as beer dinners, beer tastings, brewery tours, meet the brewers, and everything else under the sun will be sure to keep everyone warm in the month of February!

To get all the details, visit their website: http://lehighvalleybeerweek.com/

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Sun, Music, Beer Brings Crowd To Sly Fox Can Jam Festival In Pottstown

canjam_2013_eventpagelogo_04POTTSTOWN, PA — A combination of perfect weather, lively music and Frisbees brought thousands out to the Circle of Progress Saturday for the annual Sly Fox Can Jam.

“The weather is beautiful,” said Mike Geary. “Great music. Great crowd.”

Crowds gathered in the grass lot next to the Pottstown Sly Fox location where a stage was set up for the acts which came through, headlined by Toy Soldiers.

“We’re big music fans and we really wanted to find some good bands that play music you can enjoy beer to,” said Sly Fox Brewmaster Brian O’Reilly.

Read more: http://www.pottsmerc.com/lifestyle/20130929/sun-music-beer-brings-crowd-to-sly-fox-can-jam

ArtFusion Fundraiser Pairs Great Food And Great Beer

ArtFusion-color600Pottstown, PA – ArtFusion 19464 will host a beef and beer to raise funds for their upcoming education exhibit. The fundraiser will take place Saturday, August 24 from 6-9pm at the Ballroom on High, 310 E. High St.  This end-of-summer event features beer courtesy of Victory Brewing Company, food by Boneyard Joe’s and Montesano Bros., live music by local musician Elisha Kane and a fun 50/50 raffle.

LowResVBCLogoVictory Brewing Company is generously donating all the beer for this event.  The brewers at Victorymeld European ingredients and traditions with American creativity, and their beers feature the finest ingredients to achieve their exciting flavors.

Tickets are only $20 and include beer, hot beef sandwiches, great side salads, homemade desserts, and water and soda.  Vegetarian wraps are available by pre-order only.  There are a limited number of tickets available, and no tickets will be available at the door.  Tickets can be purchased in person at ArtFusion (254 E. High St.), on their website at artfusion19464.org, or over the phone at 610-326-2506.

All proceeds will support ArtFusion’s upcoming special educational exhibit When We Were Soldiers: Personal Stories of Our Vietnam Veterans.  When We Were Soldiers will focus on the personal recollections of veterans of the Vietnam War.  The show will open September 20 with a Welcome Home reception and run through Veterans Day.  In conjunction with this exhibit, ArtFusion will host free field trips for local middle and high school students to help them learn about this important period in our country’s history.

ArtFusion 19464 is a 501(c)3 non-profit community art center located at 254 E. High St. in downtown Pottstown. The school offers day, evening and weekend classes to all ages.  The goal of these classes is to help students develop their creative skills through self-expression and independence. ArtFusion’s gallery hosts rotating shows featuring local artists.  The gallery also sells handcrafted, one-of-a-kind gift items.  The gallery is open Tuesday through Friday from 10am-5pm and Saturday 10am-3pm.  The gallery is closed Sunday and Monday.

Philly Says Yuengling Owes $6.6 Million In Taxes

English: Finished bottles of Traditional Lager...

English: Finished bottles of Traditional Lager being placed into cases at Yuengling Brewery, Pottsville, PA. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

WHEN Dick Yuengling bought a round of beers for more than 10,000 Philadelphians on National Drink Beer Day last year, he said “the city has truly shown our family business brotherly love, and we’d like to raise a glass to that.”

Now, Dick Yuengling may be throwing back a few of his own brews after receiving a civil lawsuit from the city that claims his brewery, D.G. Yuengling and Son Inc., has failed to pay more than $6.6 million in city taxes, interest and penalty fees.

How does a Pottsville-based beer company that doesn’t have a brewery or a plant in Philadelphia come to owe millions in business-income and receipts taxes to the city?

Read more:  http://www.philly.com/philly/news/politics/city/20130205_City_says_Yuengling_owes__6_6_million_in_taxes.html

Corbett Proposes Overhaul To State Liquor Control System

English: Interior of a Super Sheetz in Altoona...

English: Interior of a Super Sheetz in Altoona, PA. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The private businesses that would get the chance to sell beer, wine and liquor under Gov. Tom Corbett‘s proposed overhaul of the state liquor control system had mixed reactions to the proposal.

Eric White, spokesman for the Berks-based Redner’s Warehouse Markets, which also runs the Redner’s Quick Shoppes convenience stores, said the chain almost certainly would have to get into the beer business just to stay competitive with its rivals.

Lou Sheetz, executive vice president of the family-owned Sheetz chain based in Altoona, said the company loves the idea, is excited about it and believes consumers will be, too.

“We have been proponents of adult beverage sales reform in this state for a long time,” he said.

Read more:  http://readingeagle.com/article.aspx?id=447580

Talking Small Biz: Yards Guy Not Surprised At Philly’s High Listing As Beer City

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Philadelphia ...

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Philadelphia County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

IN RECENT YEARS, our fair city has been called America’s fattest (Men’s Fitness magazine), its second-dirtiest (Travel + Leisure magazine) and rudest among Twitter users (the online news site Mashable).

Fed up?

Well, cheer up.  Now comes word that the website AMOG.com – it stands for Alpha Male of the Group – ranks Philly No. 3 on its list of 10 cities in America that brew the best beer, behind winner Portland, Ore., and Denver.

AMOG also said we’re the best city for pub crawling.

Read more: http://www.philly.com/philly/business/20130114_Talking_Small_Biz__Yards_guy_not_surprised_at_Philly_s_high_listing_as_beer_city.html#ixzz2I06xbmLL 
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Neuweiler Brewery In Allentown To Get New Life

English: City of Allentown from east side

English: City of Allentown from east side (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Editor’s note:  Allentown is on FIRE with development!

New York City-based Ruckus Brewing would like to put the beer back in the old Neuweiler Brewery in Allentown.

The company announced Wednesday that it had won the right to try to convert the run-down property into a multipurpose development it would call Brewer’s Hill.

The centerpiece of the roughly $25 million project would be a brewery that would produce Ruckus’ line of microbrews and other craft beers on a contract basis, said Josh Wood, a Lehigh University graduate and co-owner of Ruckus.

“It is a big property,” Wood said. “The overall gist of it is about 50 percent — maybe a little less — we plan to use for brewing purposes or something related to that.”

Read more:  http://www.mcall.com/news/breaking/mc-allentown-neuweiler-butz-brewery-20130102,0,6194957.story

The Ninth Annual Carousel Of Flavor Restaurant Festival

Date:  Sunday, Sept 30, 2012 from noon to 4 p.m.

Where:  100 Block of High Street, Pottstown (in front of Borough Hall)

Expanded wine and beer garden this year!  Over 4,000 attended last year.  Featuring live bands, crafters and a clown for children of all ages.

Sly Fox Brewery To Host Annual Can Jam Festival In Pottstown

Annual Can Jam Festival – POTTSTOWN, PA

Saturday, 09/22/2012 from 12:oo NOON until 9:00PM

You CAN not miss this!

It’s an incredible, FREE, day-long music festival at the new Pottstown Brewery located at 331 Circle of Progress (next to Pottstown Municipal Airport).

THE MUSIC LINE-UP
Phil Minissale 12:00-1:00
Manatawny Creek Ramblers 1:30
Reverend TJ McGlinchey 3:00-4:00
Vinegar Creek Constituency 4:30-5:30
John Train 6:00-7:00
Mason Porter 7:30-9:00

The first major event at the new Pottstown Brewery will also feature a KanJam competition (click for details and rules) in which the winning team will win its weight in beer.  Also includes Sly Fox pizza and BBQ by Philly Pigs!

NOTE: There will be no Brewery tours available on this date because of the expected crowd size and all of our staff being busy with the event.

Additional information for this event can also be found HERE.

Oktoberfest To Expand At ArtsQuest’s SteelStacks

Oktoberfest, the most successful new festival in the first year of ArtsQuest’s SteelStacks campus in 2011, returns in October with new food, new contests and advance tickets that save festival-goers up to 25 percent, it was announced Monday.

The celebration of autumn and the Lehigh Valley‘s Germanic heritage, set for Oct. 5-7 and 12-14, will retain its most popular components: music, food, activities and, of course, beer. And it will have the same title sponsor: D.G. Yuengling & Son brewers.

“The first Oktoberfest celebration at SteelStacks was a huge hit, with nearly 25,000 people coming out,” said ArtsQuest Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations Curt Mosel. “This year’s festival will feature even more attractions and special events, with something for all ages.”

Yuengling announced that the Yuengling Oktoberfest beer debuted at last year’s festival “was so well received that it will make a triumphant return in kegs and now bottles for 2012,” Yuengling Marketing Manager Jen Holtzman said.

Read more: http://www.mcall.com/entertainment/mc-oktoberfest-artsquest-bethlehem-20120730,0,6919333.story

Molly Maguires To Open Hotel, Pub In Downingtown

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Chester County

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Chester County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

DOWNINGTOWN, PA – Regional chain Molly Maguire’s has its eye on Downingtown for its next installment.

Downingtown Borough Council on Wednesday unanimously approved a preliminary proposal to bring the Irish restaurant and pub to the borough.

According to the plan, the existing Minquas Fire House will be converted to a six-room hotel with about 6,700 square feet of banquet and pub space, along with an outdoor deck for dining.

Township Manager Stephen Sullins said that the restaurant will be an asset to the community, complementing the borough’s current businesses, and a future employer for the localworkforce.

Read more: http://business-news.thestreet.com/the-times-herald/story/molly-maguires-open-hotel-pub-downingtown-0/1

The Ninth Annual Carousel Of Flavor Restaurant Festival – Pottstown

Date : Sunday, Sept 30, 2012 from noon to 4 p.m.

100 Block of High Street, Pottstown in front of Borough Hall

Expanded wine and beer garden this year! Over 4,000 attended last year.  Featuring live bands, crafters and a clown for children of all ages.

If you have any questions regarding the Carousel of Flavor, please contact the Chairpersons:

Jill Burbank (610) 970-0624 or email CarouselofFlavor@hotmail.com

For access to forms, click here: http://www.pottstowncarousel.org/events.htm

Saucony Creek Brewing Co. Opening In Kutztown

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Bryggerhus (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Since the age of 13, Kutztown native Matthew L. Lindenmuth, 31, has been a leading player in the world of action sports.

As a champion inline skater and snow boarder, Lindenmuth made regular appearances as an athlete and commentator in ESPN’s X Games.

In 2008, he became a founding partner of Humanity Snowboards, Rialto, Calif.

His career is proof that Lindenmuth learned how to follow his passion and make dreams come true.

Read more: http://readingeagle.com/article.aspx?id=381519

Foster Grandparent Program At Appalachian Brewing Co., Collegeville

Location of Collegeville in Montgomery County

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Party with a Purpose

Eat, drink and shop at Appalachian Brewing Company while raising money for the Foster Grandparent Program and learning about Decorating Den Interiors. 

Thursday, April 12, 11am-10pm

Appalachian Brewing Company, 50 West 3rd Avenue, Collegeville, PA

11 a.m.-10 p.m.    Order from a special fundraising menu, bid on silent auction items, and receive a free design consultation from Decorating Den Interiors

5-9 p.m.    Shop with local vendors (Silpada, Tastefully Simple, and many more!)

For more information, call the Foster Grandparent Program at 610-630-0201. The Foster Grandparent Program, a program of Family Services, provides volunteer opportunities for limited-income seniors over the age of 55 to help children with special needs.

Beer Brewing Demonstration At Pottsgrove Manor

Pottstown, Pennsylvania—On Saturday, November 5th from 11:00am to 3:00pm, visitors to Pottsgrove Manor will learn how beer was made in the colonial era with the program “…the common Family Way of Brewing.”

Brewing beers of various strengths was often part of the colonial housewife’s responsibilities. Her aim was to produce healthful, palatable drinks to suit the size and needs of her family. In this program, food historian Dr. Clarissa F. Dillon will demonstrate historical home-brewing using authentic 18th-century beer recipes.

There is a $2 per person suggested donation for the program. This program is being held in conjunction with Pottsgrove Manor’s current exhibit, “Spirituous Liquors and Healthful Distillations: Alcohol in Colonial America.” Guided tours of the exhibit will be offered on the hour during the program.

The exhibit can also be viewed during a guided tour of Pottsgrove Manor during regular museum hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. & Sunday, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Tours are given on the hour; last tour of the day begins as 3:00 p.m. Closed Mondays and major holidays. Groups of 10 or more should pre-register by calling 610.326.4014.

Pottsgrove Manor, home of John Potts, colonial ironmaster and founder of Pottstown, is located at100 West King Street near the intersection of King Street and Route 100, just off Route 422, in Pottstown,Pennsylvania.  Pottsgrove Manor is operated by Montgomery County under the direction of the Parks and Heritage Services Department. 

For more information and a full calendar of events, visit us on the web at http://historicsites.montcopa.org/pottsgrovemanor.

Big Crowd At Carousel Of Flavor In Downtown Pottstown

A large crowd gathered in downtown Pottstown this afternoon, under sunny skies, for the 8th Annual Carousel of Flavor.  The food was amazing.  Kudos to festival organizers for another successful event.  Pottstown shone brightly today!

Here are some pictures: